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Avatar's digital effects acknowledge Bournemouth's supremecy

5 March 2010 4:06 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Animation graduates from a sleepy British seaside town will be watching closely to see whether Avatar can fulfil expectations at this year's Oscars. Lucy Tobin reports

On the face of it, Bournemouth, the seaside town best known for its population of pensioners, has little in common with planet Pandora, the setting of James Cameron's sci-fi film Avatar. But while there may not be Na'vi (Avatar's contented "humanoids") roaming Bournemouth's streets, a close look at the closing credits of the record-grossing film – which is up for several Oscars at the Academy Awards in Hollywood tomorrow – will reveal the two share a creative history.

It's found in a building on Bournemouth University's media campus, where the National Centre for Computer Animation (Ncca) is bringing film-makers flocking to sign up graduate talent. There, in studios containing computer pods with the latest modelling software, tutors teach courses such as digital special effects and computer visualisation and animation. »

- Lucy Tobin

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